Since 1973, the Volvo Car Open has been a pioneer in women’s professional sports, creating milestones that over the years have directly influenced the popularity of women’s professional tennis.
A little background on the tournament:
- Rosie Casals, the first champion, received a check for $30,000– the largest prize money payout awarded to a woman that year.
- It was the first women’s event to be broadcast on network television.
- It was the first women’s tennis event to offer $100,000 in prize money.
- Proceeds support the City of Charleston’s Courting Kids Program, Tennis in the City, and MUSC Children’s Health.
With 45 years under their belt, for their 46th year, running Mar. 30- April 7 at the Family Circle Tennis Center on Daniel Island, they will be expanding their current wide range of on-and-off-court entertainment options. We call that a grand slam. But, don’t worry– the main event will still be the singles + doubles matches.
Here’s what to do when you’re not watching wild card Shelby Rogers:
- Family Weekend presented by MUSC Health | Mar. 30-31
Offering a farmers market, ferris wheel, LEGOs, a petting zoo, a Fortnite-style obstacle course, + more– the event takes place during qualifying draw weekend and is free for kids 16 and under ($10 for adults). Participants are encourage to bring a book to donate to Read365– a Charleston program providing opportunities for students to read.
- Golden: A State of Being Yoga Event | Sat., April 6
Kick off finals weekend with a mental and physical workout. Led by Charleston’s Sarah Frick and Ashley Cebulka, get in touch with your golden core via energizing transitions through both physical movement and mindset upgrades. Tickets are $98/person and include a general admission ticket to the Volvo Car Open’s semifinals.
- Gospel Brunch | Sun., April 7
No finale is complete without a mimosa bar. Take in performances by a world-renowned gospel choir while chowing down on a menu which highlights some of the best dishes the Lowcountry has to offer. Did we mention the deluxe Bloody Mary + mimosa bar? Tickets are $115/person and include a general admission ticket to the Volvo Car Open’s finals.
Additionally, be sure to book a reservation at the rooftop restaurant– featuring food from Coastal Crust and Vintage Café; stop by the main hospitality tent– the Serve & Volley; and pop into the Ultra Club sports bar– featuring a lounge area with televisions, couches and shade, along with a myriad of drink options and food trucks.
And for those not wanting to miss out on any action, the free Volvo Car Open app (iTunes + Android) will now allow patrons in both box + terrace seating to order food + bevs directly to their seats. Plus you can check the schedule, follow your favorite players, check stats, interact with other attendees, play trivia for prizes, + more.
Are you ready to cause a racquet? Get matched up with your tickets here.